In 1997, the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad poisoned Hamas leader Khalid Mishal in broad daylight on the streets of Amman, Jordan. Kill Khalid is the page-turning history of this attempted assassination. Acclaimed reporter Paul McGeough reconstructs the history of Hamas through exclusive interviews with key players across the Middle East and in Washington, including unprecedented access to Mishal himself, who remains to this day one of the most powerful and enigmatic figures in the region.
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About the Author
Paul McGeough is the chief correspondent and a former editor of Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald and the author of three books on the Middle East. He has twice been named Australian Journalist of the Year and in 2002 was awarded the Johns Hopkins Universitybased SAIS Novartis prize for excellence in international journalism. He lives in Sydney, Australia.
Table of Contents
Who's Who xi
1 The Tourists 1
2 Village of the Sheikhs 4
3 The Tap Dancer from Amman 17
4 The Education of a Terrorist 30
5 "Have You Guys Lost Your Minds?" 40
6 Arafat's Circus 49
7 The Palestinian Project 61
8 The Bearded Engineer in a New York Cell 78
9 Violence Is the Only Weapon 95
10 A Little Obscurity Is Good 110
11 "They Used a Bizarre Instrument" 129
12 Mishal Must Not Die 144
13 "Who the Hell Is Khalid Mishal?" 161
14 Pulling a Rabbit from the King's Threadbare Hat 178
15 The Price Bibi Paid 196
16 The Legendary Image of Mossad 215
17 Brother Against Brother 230
18 Handcuffed and Deported 247
19 Dead Men Walking 267
20 Follow the Money 294
21 Government from the Trenches 312
22 "No Gold Bars Left" 336
23 Everything Is Not as It Seems 349
24 An Eye for an Eye 365
25 Taking the Holy Land to Court 383
26 The Man Who Wouldn't Die 396
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read a lot about the Israeli-Arab history, and was looking forward for a book about this interesting incident ( actually, it briefly covers the whole biography of Kh. M. and Hamas). This work certainly is very informative and has a lot of little-known material. However : first, it is too dry and tedi...mmm...scholarly for a general reader such as me ( even though I have a reasonable basic knowledge of the region and conflict ). It certainly isn't a page-turning thriller for anyone on vacation. Second, to author's credit , he tries to keep "just-the-facts" approach. ( it's obvious that his sympathies mostly are not on Israel's side). Nevertheless, the book still leaves you with the feeling that another side of the narrative is left out - even though there is a lot of interesting in the side of the story which IS told. Finally, it appears that the author made his goal to achieve an impossible : write a 470 p. book about Kh. M. while avoiding at all cost the use of word "terrorist!" Probably , more out of BBC-style polit-correctness than out of support of Hamas - but come on, this is ridiculous!! The perpetrators of "Achille Lauro" atrocity are delightfully called "merciless gunmen"!? What would you say about the book on the great whites without a single word "shark" in it?----------------------------------------------- I grade the books as Buy and Keep (BK), Read Library book and Return ( RLR) and Once I Put it Down I Couldn't Pick it Up ( OIPD-ICPU). Sorry, but this one was a total OIPD-ICPU for me.
This is a good read overall, providing a detailed view of the inner workings of Hamas and the conflict in the Middle East. However, it is very skewed in favor of Hamas and against Israel. Sometimes it provides a "rosy" view of Hamas. Nonetheless, I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the Israel/Palestinian conflict.
Mr. McGeough spins an eye-opening account of recent history that is well worth the read. The inclusion of the chronology in the back is very helpful in keeping the historical timeline in mind as the chapters do not necessarily flow consecutively. Many already believe we are seeing events unfolding that have been predicted 2,000 years ago, hence the oft repeated description of things being "apocalyptic". But seeing and reading actual history is far more believable and thought provoking about the hand of The God of the Bible in life than the 'science fiction' books and movies we are so bombarded and intellectually numbed with. For the most part Mr. McGeough has written an objective record, though it is in need of more discretion in certain detailed dialogue. Cutting vulgarity from a manuscript does not in any way cheapen an author's work, it rather increases an author's respectability, sensitivity, and trustworthiness.
This is the best book on the Israeli-Palestinian situation that I have ever read (and I've read many of them). The author focuses on the history of Hamas, and tells it in a way that clarifies the role of all nations/factions in the region (Israel, the PLO, Fatah, the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, and others). We're introduced to the leaders of these entities, as well as to U.S. presidents, and shown how they have driven the ongoing drama in the region. The author is an Australian journalist who has been studying the region for decades, and has met and interviewed all the players. The result is an objective, compelling page-turner. I cannot recommend it more highly. I bought the book simply to learn about Hamas, but I now find myself with a much greater understanding of the entire region.